Dooboo

If you like Tofu, you’ll enjoy Dooboo… I’d say this is a new joint in the CBD as we only saw it this year on the busy street of Swanston. They also recently opened another Dooboo in Box Hill, after our experience in the CBD Dooboo, I was so excited to recommend our eastern suburb…

Park Street Pasta and Wine

That feeling of having found a great pasta restaurant around your neighbourhood is so exciting! Without the long wait to get a seat, without the need to reserve a table… I’m shocked to have only found this gem recently. Such a cosy setting at the corner of Park St and Perrins St. We were the…

Nakamura Tokichi Byodo-in

If you are a matcha lover, you cannot leave Kyoto without visiting Uji, not only famous for their temples, but also green tea! When you search “Nakamura Tokichi” on google, there will be various stores within Uji. But we particularly made sure we went to the restaurant off the main street on the way to…

Tempura Hisago

My trip to japan was amazing, having tried various dishes of Japanese cuisine in Japan, the tempura from Tempura Hisago was the best. They taught us how to eat it. Not all kinds of tempura is dipped with tempura sauce… I love how considerate they are in having an English version of Tempura. This restaurant…

Sam Sam Chicken

A very popular korean fried chicken bar, I see a line outside every time I walk along Swanston Street. Another LIVEN app deal review to add to my cheap eats collection. Visited on a Friday night, we were advised the wait was about 20 minutes, we got given a token rather than a name drop…

Mr. Ramen San

Keep Calm… Eat Ramen… Mr Ramen-san is now my favourite ramen place in Melbourne CBD! Affordable, quick and great during Melbourne’s winter coming up. With authentic Japanese managing the restaurant, making their noodles daily in a cosy spot near Chinatown definitely gives you the feel as though you are in Japan! They do thick broths…

Block 7 Dumplings

Pretty much the only Chinese restaurant in Eastland Shopping Centre. Priced just above average for a casual dining restaurant but the quality of food is good. We only tried two of their dishes: Peking dry noodle, $15.60 and Deep Fried Homemade Bean Curd with Spicy salt, $14.80. The size of the Peking dry noodle was…

Aunty Franklee – Russell St

In Melbourne… I don’t think you can go wrong with having Bak Kut Teh for the cold weather ahead! Been here twice now using the Liven app and it’s always busy whether it’s the early hours of Thursday night dinner or a Sunday lunch. Known for their Bak Kut Teh but their beef ribs are…

Spice Temple – Southbank

Awarded One Hat from the Good Food Guide 2019. We dared to try Spice Temple for both of us who can’t take any spice. It was one of the last few restaurants at Crown Casino that we were yet to visit. And guess what… we survived! When we walked in, it was pitched black, but…

Lune Croissanterie – Collins St

Did you know Croissants are made in a diamond pastry shape? I didn’t know until now… Lune Croissante is based in Fitzroy, but they opened up a Collins St x Russell St shopfront. It’s really at Russell St, but the building is on Collins St – a little bit confusing for first timers. When I…

Madam Woo – Queenstown

Madam Woo wasn’t at Queenstown when I last visited the town in 2014, so that got me to try something new! And no regrets. The interior is so unique that it has light touches of Malaysian history yet not overboard and still carries the fusion within. Madam Woo is spread around New Zealand in cities…

Au79

As good as gold they say… Au79 has been an instagrammable place for all our brunch lovers. It’s has a very pretty setting of indoor plants and with modern sleek grey and gold tones. The dining area is huge and had I known earlier, it would have been the perfect hens brunch! I’ve now been…

+39 Pizzeria – Lil Bourke St

A good place for a casual night out. Suitable for small and large groups. I’ve been here a couple of times to say that their quality of pizza is superb. Pasta can be hit and miss depending on what you order. On my most recent visit we had a group of 10, we had to…

Koko – Crown Melbourne

Ambience designed by Tony Chi with tranquil Japanese water garden in the middle of the restaurant. Surrounded by dining tables and teppanyaki tables. Koko offers teppanyaki and à la carte menus for guests to choose from and is known for their sushi and sashimi. We walked in and were advised of 2hr dining and had to…

Mr. Wong

I am cantonese and so happen to have the surname: Wong. I’m not being bias but as I was researching on my next food adventure in Sydney, Mr. Wong popped up quite a bit. It so happened we were ready to have lunch by 12 that we didn’t need to book and walk-in with a…

Nong Tang Noodle House

Hidden in Mid City Arcade on ground floor off Bourke St, Melbourne. You would definitely need to know the area to find this gem. Opened a year ago, focussed on noodles, and it ticks all our boxes. Hand made yangchun noodles are both our favourites. We weren’t just lucky on our first visit, we enjoyed…

Shanklin Cafe

Not in a very popular area, but the locals certainly knows where to go! Shanklin Cafe is just off Tooronga Road not too far from the Tooronga shopping centre by car. Walked in to the cafe and was immediately lightened from the music and the staff. Two words to describe Shanklin, “Fun & Funk”… Walk…

Lûmé

Shaun Quade opened his multi sensory restaurant Lûmé South Melbourne in 2015, two hatted from the Good Food Guide. Named Australian Restaurant of the Year in 2016. Finally got to visit Lûmé for my birthday! A great experience and dined for almost 4 hours. The two of us had the Tasting Menu of 14 courses, $210pp with cocktail…

Rustica – Melbourne Central

A couple outlets, Rialto and Melbourne Central – we went to the Melbourne Central one. Had to try their plain croissants. Dense but crispy on outside and surprisingly doesn’t fall into bits and pieces. Their soy matcha latte was not bad. A bit milkier than what we preferred. Latte was good. J had baba ganoush,…

Misschu

A couple outlets of Misschu one in CBD, another in South Melbourne. We visited the one at Cecil St, South Melbourne. There’s a big contrast in rating for the two outlets… I enjoyed the food. We arrived at 2.30-3pm, so the restaurant was pretty quiet with mainly 2-3 staff working. Misschu is casual dining with…